If You Happen To Be In…

It’s the season of lashing monsoons and fiery music, as various countries around the world ready themselves for carnivals and festive extravaganzas. So, once you’re done with those long-winded meetings, change into your shorts and tee and revel in the vibrant atmosphere at one of these fiestas, depending on which country you happen to be in.

Apple Hollow Music Fest

July 20-21

Franklin, Quebec, Canada

Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Apple Hollow Music Fest in which almost hundred artistes performed over the last four years. Under the artistic direction of Terry Banjo you will get to hear musicians who are skilled and experienced. Some of the artistes who will be performing this year are Bobby Dove, Bruce Murdoch, Mike o’ Brien, Pat Loiselle, The Bombadils and more. The festival originated with the musical evenings of Hollow Apple Orchards in McMillan. Also on display will be works of forged metal by Ashley Coute, Bob Comeau – sculptor specialising in Birds of Prey, jewellery by Lindsay Goodfellow and leather works by Leo Lepore.

Barcelona Festival of Song

July 1-7

Barcelona, Spain

The festival focusses on the history and interpretation of Spanish and Latin American vocal repertoire in Spanish, Brazilian and Portuguese Catalan. The festival presents concerts by well-known singers, pianists, guitarists and other participants. You might also get the opportunity to perform in two concerts in Barcelona. This year, there will be eight concerts with well-known artistes like pianists Daniel Ligorio and Donna Loewy, guitarist José Lezcano, tenor Lenine Santos and soprano Patricia Caicedo. This project aims to impact the preservation and promotion of the musical heritage of Brazil, Catalonia and Spain. All performances are open to public and take place in venues located in Barcelona. There is no age limit for participation in this summer programme and festival.


July 13-15

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA

Film geeks flock to Colonial theatre in Phoenixville where scenes from the 1958 film, Blob were filmed. There is a weekend long street party with a costume contest too. Also, there are live enactments from the cult film and film making contests. On July 13, watch a performance by Dr Frank N Stone and Ghoul-a-Go-Go. On the next day, catch the Fire Extinguisher Parade, Costume Contest, Facade Contest and screening of “ Blob and the Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Blob and Caltiki- The Immortal Monster”. All events at the Street Fair in the festival are free. There will be three screenings of “The Blob” on Saturday, with a additional screening on Sunday.

Caerleon Arts Festival

July 6-15

Caerleon, South Wales, UK

This will be the tenth Caerleon Arts Festival, featuring cinema, drama, literary activities and International sculpting. Watch an outdoor film screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There will be live performances by Mike Harries Root Doctors. Literary weekends include rendezvous’ and talks with authors like Paul Flynn, Ben Ken, Catherine Fisher and Jon Gower. There will be performances by the Crahart Blue Band, Male Voice Choir and Greg Pitchard. Watch the enactment of Richard III in the amphitheatre and also remember to visit the Arts & Crafts Market. Do not miss the works of sculptors Mandy Schmidt and Dominic Hurley. There will also be shows by Eveswell Celtic Group, Shoostring – Appalachian Dancers and Peel Your Own Spuds- A Celtic Irish band too.

Days of 47 Rodeo

July 19-24

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

The 160-year-old heritage of rodeo in Utah comes alive again this year and has been rated among America’s top PRCA rodeos. World champion cowboys and cowgirls compete over $200,000 as they make their way to National Final Rodeos. This is one of the highest glories for cowboys and cowgirls, with incredible performances every night. The festival is also packed with information devoted to the history of Rodeo and Days of 47 Celebration. Some of the events are KSF Family Kickoff Night, K- Bull Heroes Night with Jesse James, Z104 Pink Night with Farm, The Eagle Family Night and Xfinity Pioneer Night. The days of ’47 Rodeo was one of the first celebratory events by the early pioneers of the festival.

Gurten Festival

July 12-15

Gurten, Switzerland

Held in the top of Bern’s local mountain, The Gurten this is a famed music festival of Switzerland. Some of the artistes performing in this festival are legends like Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Snow Patrol and the Roots. More than 50 DJs will come to enthral the festival tents in events like “Rock the Block”, “Bacardi Dome”, and “Bamboo Bar”. Enjoy the best of Swiss Music with innovative electro bands and hip-hop artistes. Experience the music of Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame with Jan Delay. Some of the other artistes who will be performing are Friendly Fires, The Subways, KraftClub, Other Lives, Thees Uhlman, Digitalism and Example.

Gene Autry Days

June 23 –24

Herdin County Fair Grounds, Kenton, Ohio

The 19th annual Gene Autry Days this year includes Call of the West, with music by Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell, Paul Belanger, John Buttram, Miss Devon and the Outlaw and Kristyn Harris. This festival is held in memory of Gene Autry an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio and television from the 1930s and was owner of a television station, several radio stations and Angels California baseball team from 1961-1997. Also part of the festival are events like Capguns, Antique Toys and Western Collectibles, Western Celebrity Look-a-Likes, Lasso up Cancer 5 K, Breakfast with Jessie the Yodelin Cowgirl and the Singign Cowboy Idol.

International Carthage Festival

July 5-August 15

Tunis, Tunisia

The 48th edition of the festival this year will feature 54 Tunisian artistes, 10 Arab artistes and thirteen artistes from other countries. The festival this year features events like Artistic Tunisianité, Ballet Theatre of Rome, Symphony of Rome, The Gypsies 1001violons, Marcel Khalifa and the troop Mayadine, Patrick Wolf, Kadhem Essaher, Chinese Acrobats, Songs for Life and Country and many others. The Arab world will be represented by Najoua Karam, Kadhem Saher, Ramy Ayech and Marcel Khalifa. There will be participation by international artistes such as Alpha Blondy, Mika and Jamel Debbouz.

Llangollen Fringe Festival

July 13-22

Denbigshire, UK

With local following and visitors from all across the world the Llangollen Fringe festival has become “the festival of the town” run entirely by volunteers and limited public funding. With the mission of providing entertainment and education to the community, it has now grown into an eclectic event with the concept of cultural, social, economic and environmental sustainability. It is an arts festival that deals with the theme of sustainability. Theatre and music performances are conducted by the Fringe organisation itself.

Kent Beer Festival

July 19-21

Cantebury, England

This three-day event is the second oldest campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and is organised by CAMRA members. “Beer on the farm” is the motto of this festival, which is held on a large barn on a working farm outside the city of Cantebury. Kent has a rich brewing heritage and in this festival, there are beers exhibited and to be experienced from around 26 Kent breweries. Real ale, cider and foreign bottled beers are sold at the festival. There will be music performances by the Chillibillies, Modern Pintathlon, Stringendo and many more.

Notting Hill Carnival

August 26-27

Notting Hill, London, England

Hailed as Europe’s largest street carnival, the Notting Hill Carnival is held every year in the streets of West London with twenty miles of colourful costumes, more than forty static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls and more than one million carnival revellers. It is a Caribbean themed carnival with floats and traditional steel drum bands etc. The main parade starts from Great Western Road then winds its way along Chestow Road to the Westbourne Grove and Ladbroke Grove. This has been an annual event since 1965 and the festival also has an interesting history. The Carnival began as a response to race relations of 60s UK. It is also said that the London Free School of the hippie era inspired the festival that was an organised event starting in August 1966.

Chiemsee Summer Reggae

August 24-26

Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany

One of the greatest reggae festivals, this fest will feature performances by Anthony B, Fantan Mojah, I- Fire, The Skints, Hollie Cook, Tanya Stephens, The Busters, Die Orsons and more. The festival is a mixture of Bavarian Gemütlichkeit, excellent programming and legendary parties. CSR has a record of having on board more than sixty bands, DJs and a mix of international stars. The performances are held on the main stage and tent stage. There are numerous transport facilities for travelling to the festival and back.

Conwy River Festival

Conwy County Borough, Wales, UK

August 18-26

The festival started twenty years ago as a celebration of the relationship between the historic town of Conwy and its majestic river. The festival reflects the ancient and modern links of the river and Conwy. This week long river festival has water based activities and shore side entertainment. There are four days of racing for modern cruising yachts, divided into a one-day event on the first Sunday called the “St Dunstan’s Races’ followed by a three day series on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be traditional fishing boats of the Nobby and Gaffer type. Other events on and off the water are The La-La Rally and Conwy Quay Day.

Melbourne Writers Festival

August 23- September 2

Melbourne, Australia

The keynote events of the festival will be Simon Claw- On Dickens. Some of the free events at the festival are A Long Walk to Water, Read Any Good Books Lately?, The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket, Animalia and many more. There are also venues and facilities for the Hearing Impaired. Some of the guests this year will be Abdulkhaliq Alhassan, Mairead Hannan, Emily Rodda, John Larkin, Robert Newton, Brian Falkner, Scot Gardner, Sasha Frere Jones, John Larkin, Graeme Base and many others.


August 24-26

Frankfurt, Germany

Conducted since 1988 on the last weekend in August the festival takes its name from Museum Embankment, a name coined in the 1980s for more than 20 museums on both sides of the river Mai. There are more than three million visitors every year for the three-day festival as Frankfurt showcases its museums in a unique combination of art, culture, gastronomy and music. The program offers exceptional museums of Frankfurt, stage productions, and presentations.

Circus City Festival

July 14-21

Peru, Indiana, USA

Experience a walk through Peru’s circus history at the Circus City Museum. The popular museum located in the Circus city Center is filled with photos, miniatures, displays and costumes from the past. During the circus week enjoy the main wagons displayed outside the museum for extended hours before and after circus performances. Also visit the Circus city gift shop to buy a souvenir. Watch the circus heritage parade, listen to the music of the Circus City band and experience the Miss Circus City beauty pageant.

Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering

August 16-19

Lewistown Montana

The 27th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Fathering and Western Music Rendezvous is a signature event of the locale. This is the second oldest cowboy gathering in the country and was also selected as one of the top 100 travel events of 2010. The festival aims to preserve and celebrate the history, heritage and values of the American cowboy in the upper Rocky Mountain West. Visit the artistes and vendors at the Eagles Club, watch the Western Art and Gear Show, Baxter Black and Gathering Talent Showcase at Fergus Centre and the Cowboy Church a Celebration Community Fellowship Church.

National Tom Sawyer Days

July 4-7

Hannibal, Missouri, America

Enjoy the National Fence Painting contest and Frog Jumping contest. This is for the young at heart and with a bent for Mark Twain’s legendary creation. Take a cruise down the Mississippi, relive the fence-painting story from Tom Sawyer books and take back an experience worth cherishing.

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